BJ Penn abruptly announced that he was “done” fighting after being battered by welterweight contender Nick Diaz in the main event of UFC 137 late last month and the former UFC champion is still planing on taking some time off, but has left the door open for a possible return.
“I kind of think this is something I should have did after the first Frankie Edgar fight,” Penn recently said on HDNet. “A bunch of my coaches pleaded with me to step away from the sport and take some time off. I was just kind of in the mix. I kept going and kept going, trying to push myself. I don’t really like the results I’ve been getting.
“I’ll just take some time off, take some time away from the sport. If I ever feel it again I’ll come back, if it interests me, if it excites me. I don’t want to be sitting in the locker room saying, ‘I can’t believe I’m still doing this.’ We’ll see how it goes, but I definitely need some time away.”
Penn (15-6-1) is just 1-3-1 in his last fight fights, scoring a 21-second knockout of Matt Hughes between a pair of losses to Frankie Edgar and a draw to Jon Fitch and unanimous decision loss to Diaz.
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